Smith Gilbert Gardens

Kennesaw News for June

TreeMendous Play Houses

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is pleased to open a new exhibition for Summer 2018, on June 30 with face painting and food vendors from 11-2. “TreeMendous Play Houses: Let your imagination climb” features a series of creative, interactive, outdoor play structures, designed and built by area students and professionals. Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the exhibition runs from Saturday, June 30, through the end of September, and is included in the price of garden admission.

TreeMendous Play Houses began in January 2018, as a design/build competition. Students and professionals were invited to submit fun outdoor play structure designs showcasing creative design and innovations in sustainability, while establishing an interactive connection with nature. The structures in the exhibition represent the fruits of these design efforts and many hours volunteered for construction. “We are excited to offer Smith-Gilbert Gardens as a new stage for creativity and thinking green,” said Ann Parsons, Executive Director. “This exhibit will capture the imagination of visitors of all ages!”

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is a 16-acre public botanical garden owned by the City of Kennesaw. Our mission is to serve as a resource for conservation, education and the enjoyment of horticulture, fine arts and historic preservation. Through the TreeMendous Play Houses exhibition, we hope to begin a community conversation about sustainability in a fun, engaging and creative way.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens is located on Pine Mountain Rd., Kennesaw.  Visit for more information.

Pictured above: Two KSU students framing “Under The Rainbow.’

Government 101 Class

The City Manager’s Office is proud to introduce a new class called “Government 101: Kennesaw Government Academy.” The 6-week course is scheduled to start July 2018 and is designed to provide an inside look at the day-to-day operations of the City, how it forms partnerships and how management approaches long-range planning.

The class is open to City of Kennesaw residents and business owners and is slated to begin July 17, 2018. Each week the class will focus on one of Kennesaw’s strategic priorities listed in its strategic plan. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning activities, network and hear updates from city staff.
Registration for the inaugural class is limited to the first 15 registrants. The class is open to adults ages 18 and over who are residents of the City of Kennesaw or are business owners within the city limits. Class will meet weekly at City Hall from 6:00-7:30 pm. The inaugural class will culminate with a graduation on August 28, 2018. Candidates running for office are ineligible to participate in the class.
To register, please download the application from the “What’s Current” section of the city website,, or call Miranda Jones at (770) 424-8274 ext. 3017.


The Bill Thrash Kennesaw Teen Center tells us they had a great turnout for their major fundraiser, the Dream Dash, on Saturday, June 16, 2018. This was a perfect event for the whole family.

The Kennesaw Teen Center hosts both an after school enrichment program and a summer program. It is run under the umbrella of the Kennesaw Dream Foundation which is chaired by Rev. John Harris of Thankful Baptist Church.
During the 2017/2018 school year the Teen Center partnered with Pine Mtn Middle school and rising 6th graders from Hayes Elementary school, with help from the KSU Volunteer Program.

The Kennesaw Teen Center is located at Thankful Baptist Church, 928 Due West Rd., Kennesaw. They are currently accepting enrollment in their summer program and if you are interested in attending you need to contact
For more information about the Kennesaw Dream Foundation and how you might become a sponsor contact Rev. John Harris at

Farmer’s Market & Dinner at the Depot

The Farmer’s Market & Dinner at the Depot are on Monday evenings at the Depot. The season will go until September 24th with no events on the week of July 4th or Labor Day. The Farmer’s market will offer a variety of fresh vegetables & fruits, baked goods, prepared goods, jams & jellies, locally produced honey and more! The market will be in the circle this season with the food trucks. Some vendors require cash but many take debit/credit cards. Hours for FM are 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Dinner at the Depot will start at 5:30 pm and go until 8:30 pm. A variety of food trucks will be rotating throughout the season. Food trucks take cash, credit and debit cards.There are tables and chairs for guests on site or they are welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic blankets.

Ready for the Weekend and Beyond? Sept 24-Oct 4

WAVESWINGERAnother time that you need to be tripletts.  Of course topping off the fun is the North Georgia State Fair which starts tonight and runs through Oct 4. So mark your calendars and see how many of these fun filled events you can visit.

THU-SUN SEPT 24-OCT 4 – NORTH GEORGIA STATE FAIR – Mark your calendars! Concerts, rides, food! Fun for everyone. Visit

SAT SEPT 26 – WORLDWIDE DAY OF PLAY – 9am-noon. Get off the couch and over to Swift-Cantrell Park for a FREE celebration of all things ACTIVE! Activities will include playground games, relay challenges, and “old-school” yard favorites. (Parents are welcome to join in the fun.)

SAT SEPT 26 – DRUG “TAKE BACK” DAY – 10am-2pm, hosted by the Kennesaw Police Department at CVS, 2782 Cobb Pkwy.  Properly dispose of unused prescription or over the counter medicines.

SAT SEPT 26 – FREE ADMISSION AT THE SOUTHERN MUSUEM – As part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Day Live! annual event, the museum will offer free admission for participants who register online. The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people and can be obtained by registering online at For further assistance or questions, please contact the Southern Museum at 770-427-2117.

SAT SEPT 26 – PLANT SALE & BUTTERFLY RELEASE – Plant sale from 9 am-noon. Butterfly release 1-3pm. Smith Gilbert Gardens, 2382 Pine Mountain Road, Kennesaw. Admission required. Visit or call 770-919-0248 for more information.

SAT SEPT 26 – “DANCING WITH THE STARS” COBB COUNTY – Hosted by Loving Arms Cancer Outreach at the Hilton Marietta Conference Center, 500 Powder Springs St., Marietta. Ticket prices begin at $20 per seat and are available by calling Loving Arms – 770-590-5153.

SAT SEPT 26 – CLASSIC VEGAS CASINO NIGHT – 6:30PM – The Strand will be transformed into a classic Vegas styled casino. Tickets are $75 and include the live Rat Pack tribute show, games, a raffle ticket, and dinner and a drink. All proceeds from this event go to support to operational programming of The Strand. For more information or tickets, visit or the Box Office at 770-293-0080 or 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 30060.

SAT SEPT 26 – RIGHTEOUS ROLLERS CAR SHOW – Come enjoy classic cars at Kennesaw United Methodist Church, 1801 Ben King Rd, Kennesaw. Free show admission. Entry fee per car is $20 or $25 day of show. Call Sonya at 770-856-7704 to register your car.

WED-SUN SEPT 30-OCT 18 – MY MOTHER’S ITALIAN, MY FATHER’S JEWISH & I’M IN THERAPY – International hit comedy will be at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre. Tickets available at, phone 770-293-0080 or visiting the box office. For more information about this show visit

SAT OCT 3 – 7th ANNUAL GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE 5K – downtown Kennesaw. Register at the Southern Museum, any Big Peach Running Co. stores or online at or

Veggie Plots Available at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Veggie_PlotThis spring, families and individuals will have an opportunity to work their own garden plots in the Gather ‘n’ Grow area in Kennesaw’s Smith-Gilbert Gardens (SGG).   Along with growing space, participants will receive a seasonal membership to Smith-Gilbert Gardens, seeds, plants, fertilizer, cages, workbook and 10 educational classes. The cost is $150 per plot. Over 30 plots are available on a first-come, first served basis starting in April.

The educational classes and one-on-one instruction will be provided by Head Gardener Shon Cameron and SGG Executive Director Doug Davis. Topics include composting, soil preparation, vermiculture, weed identification, good and bad bugs, insecticides, fertilizers and more! Education Coordinator Stefanie Haerynck will also be on hand to provide fun family activities like scarecrow making and fairy house construction.

Classes will begin the week of April 8.  Gardeners can choose to attend classes on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm or Saturday mornings from 8 to 10 am.  To register, please call the Gardens office at 770-919-0248 or visit